War and peace on Okinawa's Iejima Island

Jun 6, 2015

War and peace on Okinawa's Iejima Island

by Stephen Mansfield

Beside their coastlines, there are other insistent geographical features that identify islands. In Okinawa, there is the great escarpment of Tindahanata on Yonaguni-jima Island, while Ishigaki Island has the strangely occult form of Mount Maapee, shaped like a sorcerer’s hat. Iejima Island is defined ...

Oahu's Waimanalo Beach tops U.S. ranking

Jun 6, 2015

Oahu's Waimanalo Beach tops U.S. ranking

by Caleb Jones

As the sun rises over the Pacific Ocean, Waimanalo Bay’s powdery white coral sand glows in the morning light. A few people lounge in the sand as a fisherman casts his line into the turquoise water. On May 21, Waimanalo Bay Beach Park was ...

Replica of razed Chinese palace created

May 30, 2015

Replica of razed Chinese palace created

by Louise Watt

China already has its own copies of London’s Tower Bridge and the Eiffel Tower. Now a life-sized model by a film studio of one of the country’s own historical attractions — the Old Summer Palace — has ruffled the bosses of the original garden ...

Flora, fauna and fellows on the river

| May 30, 2015

Flora, fauna and fellows on the river

by Kit Nagamura

With summer’s heat punching in early this year, I’m already angling for riverside relief. I trundle down to Ota Ward’s Rokugodote, the southernmost train station in Tokyo’s 23 wards, and a stone’s throw from the Tamagawa (Tama River). The 138-km-long Tamagawa, which in this ...

A taste of St. Tropez at Grand Hyatt Tokyo

| May 29, 2015

A taste of St. Tropez at Grand Hyatt Tokyo

Grand Hyatt Tokyo will host a series of luxurious French summer events at The French Kitchen — dubbed Soiree Blanche 2015 — through October (May and June events have already sold out), from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., where guests will be asked to dress all in white. Free-flowing champagne, themed beverages and ...

Relaxing time at Niki Club & Resorts

| May 29, 2015

Relaxing time at Niki Club & Resorts

In a woodland setting surrounded by streams and singing birds, the Niki Club & Resorts in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, offers guests a relaxing summer, providing them with an experience similar to a long-term stay at a summer house. Designed by architect Akira Watanabe, the ...

Wide variety of food, drink at Royal Park

| May 29, 2015

Wide variety of food, drink at Royal Park

Centrally located in Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district, the Royal Park Hotel, Tokyo, already known for its excellent food and beverage services, is holding several exciting promotions this summer. Among them, Main Bar Royal Scots is offering a variety of mojito cocktails for guests’ enjoyment throughout ...

Easy travel with Royal Park The Haneda

| May 29, 2015

Easy travel with Royal Park The Haneda

Royal Park Hotel The Haneda, which is directly connected to the international terminal of the growing hub that is Haneda airport, boasts an unprecedented location. “Most of our customers during the week are business professionals traveling internationally,” said Sales and Marketing Manager Yoshikazu Kobayashi. ...